December 2019

Clinic News and Highlights

 

 

Online Booking

The following practitioners are now offering Online Booking
Dale Blacker, RMT
Krista Kostroman, ND
Jeff Zeidenberg, ND
Click here to head over to our Online Booking page

 
 

It’s that time of year again: super cold wind in the air, all the buildings blasting the heat, and we’re in the thick of cold and flu season which requires lots of hand washing and hand-sanitizing. It’s the perfect storm to transform your skin from soft and supple to dry, cracked and painful. 

There are TONS of options for lotions, moisturizers, body butters and balms out there but do you know exactly what you’re putting onto your skin? There are also lots of “all natural” options available but one of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re only applying super clean products onto your skin is by making it yourself. It’s incredibly easy and you won’t regret it! 

Below are the directions to make your own winterized hand balm: 

Ingredients

Any combination of these three: coconut oil, shea butter and/or cocoa butter.  All can be found at your local grocery and/or health food store. 

Directions

1. Boil water.
2. Pour the boiled water into a bowl, filling the bowl approximately to ⅓ full.
3. Take 2-3 scoops of each of the ingredients and put it into a small glass jar, making sure that the boiled water doesn’t spill out of the bowl and that it doesn’t fill into the small glass jar.
4. Put the small glass jar into the bowl and use a spoon or knife to mix the ingredients as they begin to soften.
5. Once softened (NOT melted), take the small glass jar out and let it sit at room temperature.
6. Use as needed! 

Bee’s wax is a good addition if you wanted a thicker consistency.  Just make sure to add this FIRST (before the coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter) because it takes a bit more time to soften.

And lastly, a little tip on scents:
1. coconut oil + shea butter smells like coconut;
2. cocoa butter + shea butter smells like chocolate; 
3. and all three ingredients smell like chocolate coconut. 

In addition, you can pick up some nice smelling essential oils and add a couple of drops into the softened mixture — my favourites are vanilla and pink grapefruit.  It smells so great that you’ll want to eat it! 

Take a photo or make a video/story of your results and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.  @insightnaturopathic

– Dr. Moira Kwok

 

 

Deal of the Month

30% off Vitamin D

‘Tis the season to stock up on Vitamin D! 

We have a great deal on Liquid Vitamin D3 drops by Xymogen.  Normally $22, for the month of December we are offering these D drops for $15.40.

That is over 1,200,000 IU’s of Vitamin D! 

To learn more about the benefits of Vitamin D supplementation, see our post by Dr. Fontes below.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin D Supplementation 
 
Dr. Mark Fontes ND

One of the most common recommendations we speak to our patients about at Insight Naturopathic Clinic is the importance of Vitamin D supplementation, especially this time of year. This is highlighted by the fact that several studies have found that the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency is more common in the winter months. In order to ensure proper supplementation we routinely provide patients with a lab requisition to have their levels of Vitamin D checked. This allows us to tailor, and monitor, the dose that is required by each patient.

 

The research regarding Vitamin D has significantly increased over the last few years. Why we believe it is such an important supplement during the winter months is that Vitamin D may help patients who experience lower mood during this season, referred to as seasonal affective disorder. It has also been shown to reduce the intensity of respiratory (lung) infections, it supports the immune system, and has a variety of anti-inflammatory effects (which is important in a number of conditions). 

 

If you have any questions regarding Vitamin D and to ensure it’s right for you, please book a consult and speak with one of our Naturopathic Doctors at Insight Naturopathic Clinic. 

 

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!

– Dr. Mark Fontes

 

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